Created By: Sammy14 on April 23, 2012 Last Edited By: Sammy14 on June 2, 2012

Another story for another time

I could tell it right now, but I wont cause it's irrelevant.

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When someone gives an Exposition, they'll often mention something that pertains to a certain event. Questioning the character about it would elicit this response.


Examples:

Literature
  • Artemis Fowl: but that's another story" becomes something of a catchphrase for the first book's narrator. Most of these stories are eventually told as sideplots in books 2 and 3.
  • The Neverending Story ends many of its chapters with a reference to what happened to a side character who had been important in the chapter, but "that is another story and will be told another time."

Live Action TV
  • Often happens on How I Met Your Mother, usually refering to events in future episodes. Subverted in one episode when Older Ted says this of a security guard and his band, then decides that he'll probably never get to it and gives the Cliff Notes version ("They had one song, it didn't suck, end of story.")
  • Due South used to use a variant a lot, with Fraser going "...But that's not important, what *is* important..."

Tabletop RPG
  • Dungeons & Dragons module DA 1 Adventures in Blackmoor. The DM Background section is written like someone telling a story. At one point it starts describing the destruction of Blackmoor, but then says "But of the sinking of that fabled land - another time! Today, we speak of other things."

Western Animation
  • In "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" from The Simpsons, Bart and Lisa still have questions after Homer finishes his tale of a Beatles-like career. Lisa: How come we never heard about this until today? Bart: Yeah, and what happened to the money you made? Lisa: Why haven't you hung up your gold records? Bart: Since when could you write a song? Homer: (laughs) There are perfectly good answers to those questions, but they'll have to wait for another night.
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • April 23, 2012
    randomsurfer
  • April 23, 2012
    DmM
    Artemis Fowl: "...but that's another story" becomes something of a catchphrase for the first book's narrator. Most of these stories are eventually told as sideplots in books 2 and 3.
  • April 23, 2012
    NESBoy
    In "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" from The Simpsons, Bart and Lisa still have questions after Homer finishes his tale of a Beatles-like career:
    Lisa: How come we never heard about this until today? Bart: Yeah, and what happened to the money you made? Lisa: Why haven't you hung up your gold records? Bart: Since when could you write a song? Homer: (laughs) There are perfectly good answers to those questions, but they'll have to wait for another night.
  • April 23, 2012
    Zsuzsa
    The Neverending Story ends many of its chapters with a reference to what happened to a side character who had been important in the chapter, but "that is another story and will be told another time."
  • April 24, 2012
    BlueIceTea
    Yeah, we definitely don't need the stock phrase. But that doesn't mean there isn't a legitimate trope here. Just needs a better description that distinguishes it from Noodle Incident.
  • April 24, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons module DA1 Adventures in Blackmoor. The DM Background section is written like someone telling a story. At one point it starts describing the destruction of Blackmoor, but then says "But of the sinking of that fabled land - another time! Today, we speak of other things."
  • April 24, 2012
    TonyG
    Often happens on How I Met Your Mother, usually refering to events in future episodes. Subverted in one episode when Older Ted says this of a security guard and his band, then decides that he'll probably never get to it and gives the Cliff Notes version ("They had one song, it didn't suck, end of story.")
  • April 24, 2012
    chicagomel
    Due South used to use a variant a lot, with Fraser going "...But that's not important, what *is* important..."
  • April 24, 2012
    Sammy14
    Edited the first sentence and took out the stock phrase.
  • April 24, 2012
    henke37
    This reminds me of the joke where a story falsely starts describing someone and then they are dismissed as it not being their story (and then they tend to show up at the end again to solve everything).
  • April 29, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Bouncing back to the YKTTW. We need a much better writeup than this if it's going to have any hope of launching. Besides, Sammy, the core essence of the trope still "asking a character about a Noodle Incident will elicit this response", so it still runs afoul of No New Stock Phrases.

    A Dialogue Trope is one thing; but a recurring line is not a Dialogue Trope. And you still haven't answered what makes this distinct from "Hanging A Lampshade on a Noodle Incident" (for which examples would be formatted as "Noodle Incident: Lampshaded in X" and not as a distinct trope).
  • April 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Memetically, The Doctor on Doctor Who will respond to companions' questions, often about things which the companion doesn't know but we do (because we've seen it happen) with "I'll explain later."
  • April 30, 2012
    TitoMosquito
    In the episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) where they first meet April. Splinter tells her a story of how he found the turtles and became mutants. After finishing, she asked how did they learn martial arts, Splinter answers "that is a story for another time". Which he tells to the Turtles, after they first encounter Oroku Saki, who was the one that killed Splinter's owner Hamato Yoshi. Seasons later, we find out why Shredder killed him, because he was a Guardian for the Utroms.
  • April 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Big Wave Daves. The character Jack Lord legally changed his name to honor the greatest actor of all time, Jack Lord from Hawaii Five O. His original name was Ernest Hemingway, "but that's a whole other story."
  • May 1, 2012
    lee4hmz
    Move to discard. Without the Stock Phrase to act as a hook, this trope isn't different enough from Noodle Incident or Its A Long Story to be viable.
  • May 1, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Upon closer inspection, this sounds Ridiculously Similar to Its A Long Story. Yeah, another vote for discard.
  • June 2, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    So, do we discard this and move to redirect the page and lock the TRS thread?
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